Yoga For Back Pain, Part 6

In our final week looking at using yoga for back pain we will look at a more challenging pose, cobra. While it may not look to be that difficult, if done when you are not fully prepared, cobra can make your back problems worse very easily. Be sure to have practiced the other movements in…

Milk Thistle

Our last herbal monograph for our customer appreciation month of 2018 is on milk thistle, Silybum marianum. If you would like to see more monograph posts from The Dancing Herbalist, help us reach our next goal on our Patreon account. Milk thistle is a super fun plant to look at but if you end up…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 5

When you think of yoga there are probably two different poses you think of: sun salutations and downward dog. Sun salutations can be great for getting your whole body ready to move but downward and upward dog can provide a little more support for your back pain that you might not experience at first. Downward…

Monk’s Pepper: Vitex

I have always found this herb to be fascinating. The folk lore alone should invite you to read about it. Vitex agnus-castus has a few different common names and they all tell a story. Monk’s pepper is one of the more common, common names. The fruit of this plant, what is used medicinally, is similar…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 4

Last week we practiced child’s pose. This week I would like to get a little bit more fluidity into our spines after stretching so that next week we can begin to strengthen our spinal columns a bit more. So lets all practice every kids favorite yoga pose: cat and cow. This common yoga pose is…

White Willow

White willow, or Salix alba, is a tree you might have even seen growing before. For medicine the bark is what is used but as with most trees be sure to harvest it properly from fallen branches rather than from the living tree, and especially the main trunk. This bark is most often used as…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 3

Now that you have had a chance to practice rocking your hips to get movement into your lower back and practicing a bridge to strengthen your core and get additional movement into your spine we will continue to stretch the back this week and learn child’s pose. For many people beginning yoga this is the…

Chamomile

German chamomile, or Matricaria recutita, is often an underutilized herb. There are two different species of chamomile but we will be discussing the German one today, not the Roman. The flowers from this plant are commonly used in tea as a relaxing nervine but there are many other uses for chamomile that you may not…

Yoga For Back Pain, Part 2

Last week we looked at simple hip rocks, this week we will step it up a level to get more movement through the entire back, looking at what I call back rolls to get into a yoga pose called a bridge. To get used to the movement and to really pay attention to your whole…